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GAME 1: FLORIDA 55, SW LOUISIANA 21 // Stoops, defense score big in first-game romp

For years, Florida fans have left Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on opening night shouting about offense and muttering about defense.

This time, it was the other way around.

On a night when No.

4 Florida's Fun 'n' Gun sputtered, the Gators' new attacking defense forced six turnovers and scored a school-record four touchdowns in a 55-21 victory over Southwestern Louisiana.

Florida's defense actually outscored the offense.

"I don't know if we've ever had four scores in one game around here before," Florida coach Steve Spurrier said. "Four in the last four years, maybe."

Pretty close. Florida scored one defensive touchdown last season _ in the SEC Championship, the 12th game. Before that, a three-touchdown effort against Georgia in 1994 was the school mark.

"It was like watching a highlight tape," quarterback Danny Wuerffel said.

"It's exciting," said first-year defensive coordinator Bob Stoops, whose attacking 4-3 scheme more than lived up to its billing. "It's a good starting point for us. I'm sure we'll be playing better teams down the road, but it's good to see them enjoying themselves, making plays and slapping each other on the back."

Good thing. The offense sure wasn't.

After scoring on its first possession _ a 46-yard drive capped by Terry Jackson's 8-yard run _ the Fun 'n' Gun struggled, failing to score from deep inside USL territory on its next two possessions.

Wuerffel was erratic in the first quarter, completing 5 of 13 for 77 yards and no touchdowns. He completed 12 of his last 18, however, to finish 15-of-28 for 224 yards and one TD.

"I never really thought about the defense scoring more points than the offense, but it's kind of a cool stat, isn't it?" senior linebacker James Bates said. "The offense has outshone the defense here plenty of times. It's exciting for our defense to go out and make plays like that."